As I was mentioning the other day, life in Paris in the summer can be really sucky. So you find comfort where you can, which in my case usually involves food. Thank goodness for the abundance of fruit this season, otherwise I’d be at loss as to where I could find said comfort, save for carbs and cheese, of course. But here we are in the dessert section, so let’s focus on 1) fresh and vibrant berries 2) lemon and exotic fruit 3) one (that’s right, I typed ‘one’) chocolate dessert recipe, because recently my better half came home from an organized party at a restaurant with a set menu, in which the dessert didn’t feature any type of chocolate whatsoever. Needless to say, he was appalled. And outraged. My reaction? “…Okay.” (imagine a “who cares?” face to go with it, but it might just be me).
So I’m realizing that for most regular people, if you’re going to come up with a list of dessert, that list will need to include at least one item with chocolate. Let’s make that a life rule.
Getting started with coconut rice pudding with strawberry puree sounds just right – these make you want to dive into summer.
Frozen strawberry cheesecake: the only kind of frozen treat you will find on this blog. I’m not much for ice cream, except, evidently, when it comes in the shape of cheesecake. (Another life rule: anything in the shape of cheesecake is systematically better.)
To round up the strawberry section, a simple, stylish and fresh dessert from the early days of the blog: strawberry mint salad with lime. That one’s for the lazy a$$*£ out there.
Transitioning from strawberries to raspberries, this strawberry raspberry tiramisu with muscat hits all the right spots, plus it has booze in it (=> muscat), so just lean into it.
A slightly more involved yet airy and light version of the raspberry + cream dessert combo is this raspberry victoria sponge cake. For all of you out there who have birthdays in the summer.
If you’re more into easy peasy summer cakes, this raspberry buttermilk cake is for you.
Or you can opt for this lemon blackberry cake, from the days when I obviously didn’t have a clue what food photography meant (I cringe so bad looking at this pic that I actually conveniently forgot to add it in the first draft of this post) (Please move past the doubt and focus on the pretty juicy blackberries: they will take you there.)
After another smooth transition (hey I didn’t go to college for nothing), here we are knee-deep in the lemon section –and I actually had to skim it quite a bit for this list– with lemon financiers, to nibble at coming home from an afternoon at the beach.
Or if you feel the need for more of a posh factor in your life, you can opt for these lemon cornmeal scones, perfect for a summer brunch.
I love how naturally pink and cute and fun these little raspberry lemonade bars look. I feel like they’re children’s toys.
No smooth transition for this almond zucchini bread; it actually stands on its own with the amazing trick that zucchini is when all you’re wearing is a bathing suit day in and day out.
Coconut banana tapioca pudding takes you instantly somewhere exotic, either for breakfast in a bowl or in smaller individual portions for dessert.
The one and only chocolate recipe on this list: chocolate coconut milk cake, no butter, no oil, just pleasure (because chocolate = pleasure, if I’m getting it right.)
Orange blossom pudding: because you are instantly transported to a fragrant sunny village in the Mediterranean.
And the cherry on top of this list (ha ha) are these kiwi peach tartlets, made with fresh fruit, crunchy, sweet and creamy at once.